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Has Canine Domestication Been Good for Dogs or Will History Judge it a Disaster?

April 24, 2018


The likely origin of all our domestic dog breeds is widely acknowledged to be when people tamed wolves thousands of years ago, but has it been a behavioural and genetic disaster scenario for man’s best friend? Canine evolution and the domestication of wild dogs are both fascinating and controversial subjects in equal measure. Archaeological and […]

Explorer on the Edge: Benedict Allen ‘I’ve Almost Died Many Times’

December 12, 2017


British explorer Benedict Allen has travelled to some of the world’s most remote places and lived with its peoples to learn about traditional living in often hostile environments. The stories he has gathered have the power to thrill, amuse and invigorate, because they tell us something about ourselves. In November the world’s media was on […]

Interactive Documentaries, Adam Curtis talks Anarchy, and the 3D Print Doc

January 7, 2015


For anyone wondering how films will still have the power to change our world in future, look no further than the interactive documentary. Film makers are opening up new arenas and asking viewers to become involved in the story directly, using aspects of video gaming to bring their subjects to life. I think everyone should […]

Tech bits: Hidden trackers, awesome Goliath projects and the Pale Blue Dot

December 23, 2014


Surveillance has been one of the big stories this  year but do not assume it is only big government in action, corporates who covet personal data are just as intrusive. Companies who want to couple themselves to us by using personal details to market to us individually are big data snatchers too. In an excellent BBC […]

Maker Faire 2014 and Body Worlds

February 14, 2014


Everybody who attended last year’s Maker Faire at Newcastle’s Centre for Life must have left the event in awe of the science, technology and skill on display. Maker Faire 2014 promises to be even better. More than 300 engineers, scientists, artists and ‘crafters’ will be showcasing their projects at Life over the weekend of 26 […]

BBC Fresh: Skin You’re In and the art of the short doc

January 8, 2014


Skin is the body’s largest organ. Stretched out it measures two metres square on average and accounts for 15 per cent of total bodyweight. Thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm) and thickest on your feet (1.4mm), every minute your skin sheds more than 30,000 cells. Science over. Art and technology meet where we adorn our bodies […]

British Science Festival 2013: Supermen and the art of vigilantism

September 27, 2013


Superhero comics and graphic novels have a lot to answer for. At least if you take their message as anything more than a colourful comment on society. Simplistically speaking, heroes like Iron Man, Spiderman, Elektra or Black Widow are fighters of the good fight meting out justice to criminals. They dress almost exclusively in lurid […]

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